quirks; quirked; quirking

A quirk is a unique, odd, and sometimes charming trait that makes a person stand out from the crowd. Country comedian Minnie Pearl was known for her quirk of wearing a $1.98 price tag dangling from her hat.

A quirk can be an adorable little habit, like wearing flowery dresses and big sun bonnets or bow ties every day. Someone who has one or many quirks is said to be quirky — a little odd, but usually in a fun way. When it's not being used to describe people's unusual traits, quirk can mean a quick curve, or a groove, that runs along or separates the molding in a building.

Definitions of quirk
  1. noun
    a strange attitude or habit
    synonyms: crotchet, oddity, queerness, quirkiness
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    a usually unconscious habit or quirk of speech or behavior
    type of:
    strangeness, unfamiliarity
    unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
  2. verb
    twist or curve abruptly
    “She quirked her head in a peculiar way”
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    type of:
    turn in the opposite direction
  3. noun
    a narrow groove beside a beading
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    type of:
    channel, groove
    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
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